• Nawazuddin Wants To Smooch Heroines Like Emraan Hashmi

    Actors and their desires… Waah!

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  • Balaji Telefilms To Shut Down For This Reason?

    Balaji Telefilms tasted success earlier with its films. The humungous business is now in a loop with the recent flops ‘Kya Super Cool Hain Hum 3′ and ‘Great Grand Masti’. It is being reported that the authorities are taking a slow move on the Balaji Motion Pictures due to the recent duds.

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  • Arjun Kapoor’s Rs 1 Lakh Per Day Parties Make Mohit Suri See Red

    The actor and director had an ugly spat in Delhi

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  • Who Will Win- Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Or Shivaay?

    SpotboyE.com speaks to industry experts

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  • Don’t quit your job if you work in 1 of these 5 industries

    If you want to find a better job, you’ll have far better luck in some industries than others.

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  • Navjot Singh Sidhu's fate is a reminder that AAP exists only to serve Arvind Kejriwal

    It can be safely assumed that Arvind Kejriwal doesn't venture out of home at an hour when shadows start becoming longer. In Punjab, Kejriwal's defining trait —  insecurity typical of a man who has achieved more than he deserves — is once again on display, being played out in public in all its ugliness, leading to backroom intrigues, betrayals and fights that could put crabs to shame. Kejriwal's latest victim, in a series of casualties, is former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu, who finds himself adrift after being jettisoned by the AAP and encouraged to jump the BJP ship without a life jacket. In July, when Sidhu resigned from the Rajya Sabha, it was assumed he would become the AAP's CM candidate or star campaigner.

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  • Here’s the real secret to losing weight and staying thin (Hint: You’re not going to like it)

    A study found that metabolism rates slow more than expected years after weight loss.

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  • Will Smith Attends Akshay Kumar, Twinkle Khann's Star-studded Bash

    Hollywood superstar Will Smith was recently invited as the special guest to Akshay Kumar's grand celebration to celebrate his successful year. Akshay threw a bash for his friends for delivering three back to back successful films including - Airlift, Housefull 3 and Rustom - all having crossed the 100-crore mark. Reportedly, Will Smith had a great time partying with Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna. Among those who attended the bash were Varun Dhawan, Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Johar, Rohit Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Shraddha Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Arjun Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha among others. Akshay Kumar will smith Will smith akshay kumar party Will smith akshay kumar party photos

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  • 30 words Americans can’t pronounce correctly

    Can you guess the word Americans struggle to pronounce most?

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  • Tell-all memoirs leave Sonia fuming

    Do politicians have ownership of their lived experience or does their memory belong to the political party they belong to? It is a fascinating question for anybody who is interested in the study of political history. By writing about their memories, do politicians run the risk of forfeiting their “loyalty reward” programme? Do politicians owe everything including their memoirs to the party they serve or can they afford to be individuals with free will? These questions are gaining ground in the grand old Congress party nowadays. With the party reduced to 44 MPs in the Lok Sabha — a time when out-of-work party leaders should be burning the midnight oil to rebuild the party — some have been releasing

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  • The 10 most expensive places to raise a family in the U.S.

    Here are the 10 U.S. cities where it is most expensive for two parents to raise two children.

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  • At the Age of 50, This Man Decided to Give up His Successful Business to Take up Farming

    From having a successful business to giving it up at the age of 50, from selling furniture to becoming a farmer – this is the amazing story of Suneet Salvi. "People have family lawyers and family doctors – I want to work towards people having family farmers. People should know who is growing their food and how it is being grown," says 53-year-old Suneet Salvi who recently gave up his lucrative furniture business to take up ‘natural’ farming. He is now working with young tribal farmers in Murbad village of Dahanu Taluka located north of Mumbai. The agriculture bug bit Suneet, a Mumbai resident, after he turned 50 and started thinking about what he wanted to do for the next 10-15 years of his life. “I was running a business and kept thinking if it was something I wanted to continue doing. The answer was 'no' each time. When will I have the time to do what I really want to, I thought. This was when I decided to break away from the regular routine to do something that matters and would give me satisfaction. It had to be bigger than just myself and my family,” he says, adding that he was always passionate about nature and wanted to do something in the field of agriculture. You may also like: This Engineer Left His Government Job to Become a Farmer and Is Earning in Crores Now! “Many people do regular agriculture with chemicals, but they ruin the soil on a daily basis. I wanted to do the kind of farming that would help rejuvenate the soil and enhance its quality.” [caption id="attachment_66581" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Pulses, millet, corn and jowar[/caption] It was by sheer chance that he met Pratik Dhanmer, an architect who lives with his family in Murbad. Pratik was a guest professor in the college where Suneet’s daughter studies and she had visited his village for a project. When Suneet started looking for land, his daughter introduced him to Pratik. They found that they had many common goals and started looking for land around Mumbai together. “On visiting Murbad one day, I found that there were acres and acres of barren brown land that no one was farming. Pratik informed me that the villagers only cultivate paddy and the land goes unused from November till the next monsoon season. There are many reasons for this – shortage of funds, lack of confidence among farmers about where they can sell their produce, etc. Since we were looking for land anyway, we decided to work with these people instead,” says Suneet. The idea thrilled Pratik too because he had been trying to work with farmers on something similar. It also turned out that young people in the village were not interested in going to the cities and wanted to find some source of employment in the village itself. [caption id="attachment_66585" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] The barren land in the beginning[/caption] After about eight months of building trust among the farmers, Suneet finally started farming on a four-acre piece of land in January this year. The land belongs to the farmers. You may also like: Fresh Flavours for Your Food: How to Start Your Very Own Herb Garden at Home “We are trying to do natural farming, which is different from organic farming. In natural farming, you try to use everything available in and around the farm itself, as your input. And we have started with the aim of doing community farming. We want farmers to take whatever they learn on this farm and do the same thing on their own land too. We can sell their produce together as a community,” says Suneet. While Pratik focusses on paddy farming, Suneet works on making sure their farming methods don’t harm the ecology in any way, and that the quality of soil and water improve. “We don’t use any chemical fertilizers or pesticides and use as little plastic as possible. We work in harmony with nature to repair and improve the ecology. We have to prove to the villagers that farming does not require inorganic fertilizers and poisonous pesticides,” he says. They have also dug a percolation pond so that water that runs away from the farms can accumulate in it, percolate into the ground, and help increase the level of ground water. Together, they are growing turmeric, ginger, papaya, drumsticks, etc., through multi-cropping, which Suneet says is the natural way of farming. [caption id="attachment_66583" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Turmeric and Moringa[/caption] “Since this is traditionally a paddy field, we made high beds and planted vegetables like radish that grows underground; spinach, cabbage, fenugreek, and water melon that grow just above the ground; chillies, tomatoes, cluster beans, and corn that grow above the ground; and climbing creepers like sponge gourd, ridge gourd and cucumber.” He lives in the village from Monday to Thursday but leaves most major decisions in the hands of the farmers to make them independent. “These are simple people. They grow one crop a year and either spend the rest of the time doing nothing or go to the city for menial jobs. My idea is to help them make farming sustainable and profitable. Right now, I am paying them for learning and working on our farm. In a year or so, they should be able to till their own land,” Suneet adds. He is currently self-funding the project but hopes to turn profitable by selling the farm produce soon. [caption id="attachment_66582" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Varieties of gourds and beans[/caption] Suneet and his team also recently worked on desilting the village pond. The capacity of the pond has increased from 50 lakh litres to 85 lakh litres, and the water that used to finish by April every year, now lasts throughout the year. Dr. Ajit Gokhale, a Mumbai-based botanist and water specialist helped him in this project and has also been guiding the team with tips on farming and water conservation. You may also like: Why an Engineer and MBA Graduate Gave up His Corporate Job to Become a Full Time Farmer Suneet’s advice to people who want to do natural farming? "Work in harmony with nature and mimic it as much as possible. Restore the soil quality by mulching and using cow dung and urine. Create a micro-climate for the soil organisms and earthworms to thrive and multiply in. Do multi-cropping and always keep your soil covered with mixed dry mulch or live mulch. For ideal yield, the Carbon to Nitrogen (CN) ratio should be 10:1. It also helps to read books on the subject or attend seminars," sums up Suneet, who has attended some workshops in natural farming himself. You can contact Suneet by writing to him at  suneetsalvi@gmail.com Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: contact@thebetterindia.com, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia).

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  • U.S. says will look into India's visa concerns

    U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said on Tuesday she would look into India's concerns over a hike in visa fee for professionals. New Delhi has protested against the hike, which it says is a barrier to the movement of workers. "It is imperative that we look into that issue," Pritzker told a news conference in New Delhi at the end of a strategic and commercial dialogue between the two countries.

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  • Check these 7 tax savers before you invest again

    Only a few days have gone by since the income tax return filing due date, but the tax saving exercise has already begun for the financial year 2016-17 (assessment year 2017-18). After all, it is better to plan your tax saving moves in advance than make wrong moves at the fag end of the FY. Of the many tax saving avenues, the most popular are the tax benefits under Section 80C of the Income-tax Act. Let's first see how Section 80C helps in reducing tax liability. Under Section 80C, an amount equal to the investment that you make in specified instruments, or if you incur any expense specified under the section up to a maximum of Rs 1.5 lakh in a financial year reduces your gross total income (GTI)

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  • My London Olympics bronze upgraded to silver: Yogeshwar

    New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt said on Tuesday that he has been informed that the bronze medal he won at the 2012 London Olympic Games was upgraded to silver. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had recently decided to retest samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 Games which returned with several positive results.

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  • Delhi: Woman set on fire for allegedly rejecting marriage proposal

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 29 (ANI): In a shocking incident, a 25-year old woman was set ablaze by a man for allegedly turning down his wedding proposal. The incident took place at the victim's home in northwest Delhi's Bhalswa Dairy area, when the accused, Abhishek along with his friends Vijay, Karan and few others went there and started beating the woman's relatives. Gita said the accused's name is Abhishek and that he stays in the neighbourhood.

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  • These simple Vaastu tips will declutter your mind

    New Delhi, Aug 30 (ANI): In the current day and age, everyone is constantly busy juggling their personal life with their professional life, and have something or the other at the back of the mind always. Such a state is detrimental to the physical as well as mental health. To bring in good energy and declutter your life, renowned Vaastu expert, Ms. Jai Madaan lists a few simple changes that you can make in your personal space to be more at peace with yourself and improve your quality of life: 1.

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  • My toddler threw up on my shirt — and the airline tried to make me wear it

    Passenger Raj Purohit’s ‘terrible’ flight this summer

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  • The New iPhone Should Be Announced September 7

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